Hen Lethargic not moving and has mites

B-man

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Aug 23, 2019
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1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.)
Not sure tbh on all accounts but its definately lost alot of weight

2) What is the behavior, exactly.
First it was just couped up in the coop all day. And a bit lethargic We fed it some cat food for a few days.
Thought it was getting better as was out of the coop still lethargic but was in the run with the other chooks. That night it was still on the ground not moving hadnt got back to coop and just bunched up and a very cold nite.

Took it inside by the fire in its own box of hay. was drinking water ok and eating treats. Had some wet bread.
Its Missing most of its feathers on its belly.

Looks to be better one day and worse the next. Moved itself to one side of the box but now its unable to move or even stand. And has lost as lot of muscle. Chest bone is quite prominent and not much breast meat.

It was shaking its head and noticed it has mites so rubbed some wood ash in. For a few days but still seeing mites.

Eating less and not really drinking now but perks up and eats some tomato or watermelon mainly
Force feed it some probiotic yoghurt most nights.
It has a choice of fresh tomato, watermelon, pumpkin, cauliflower, scratch, water, probiotic yoghurt, soggy bread. But only really eating tomato or watermelon the last few days. Gave some scrambled eggs and a little garlic

Was thinking i need to put it to sleep for its own sake or do i just keep trying for it to survive. I figured it would get better or die but its just hanging in.
It didnt look very good at all this morning and was thinking if it didnt die it was my that had to do it. But when you eventually get it to eat something its quite perky when its eating but then just shrinks back up and closes its eyes
We only just bought them for $5 to lay eggs so sadly i cant justify spending $100s at the vet

3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms?
About 2 weeks

4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms?
No

5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma.
No

6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation.
No idea just think its sick

7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. As above

8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.
Quite Yellow wee im guessing and runny poos if at all

9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far?
10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet?
Treat ourselves

11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
12) Describe the housing/bedding in use
As above
 

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Sorry about your hen. The mites should be treated with permethrin at least twice at 7 day intervals. Ivermectin pour on may be used instead 0.1 ml per every 2 pounds of weight twice at 14 day intervals. The coop, roosts, and nests must alao be treated, old bedding removed far away or burned, and new bedding added.

Cancer could be a possibility, as well as a crop or reproductive disorder for the weight loss. Mites cause severe anemia. I would try feeding her more chicken feed made wet with water, tuna, egg, liver, or high protein foods. She sounds like she may be suffering, and I would consider putting her down to prevent that.
 

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